Apple’s revolutionary iPad changing the way MLB baseball is played

“The Information Age hasn’t just transformed baseball,” Jayson Stark reports for ESPN. “It has practically revolutionized it, and in less time than it takes Ronny Paulino to finish a home run trot.”

‘I think this is truly the second great renaissance in baseball,’ says Joe Maddon, a visionary kind of guy whose embrace of technology, info and outside-the-box thinking has made him, for all intents and purposes, the Steve Jobs of managers,” Stark reports. “All of a sudden, thanks to those creative geniuses at Apple, the average big league clubhouse seems to house more iPads than batting gloves. All of a sudden, those clubhouses are being occupied by a new generation of technologically aware baseball citizens who are willing to use that stuff. All of it. Every second of every day.”

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Stark reports, “Listen to how Rockies video coordinator Brian Jones — who says he and the Rockies were the first to use iPods to customize personalized video content for players five years ago — describes it. You won’t believe we’re even talking about the same sport. Say you’re a pitching coach or a catcher, and you have a right-handed pitcher starting tonight against the Astros. You get out your iPad, tap your favorite app and type out, say, ‘Carlos Lee.’ Here’s how it would go from there…”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Ed Mitchell” for the heads up.]


  1. No one will buy iPads unless they have a USB port and run Flash. No one will use iPads because they’re only good for content consumption. No one needs a $500 iPad when they can buy a $250 Windows netbook. The iPad is both a toy and a fad. After the first two million or so Apple fanbois buy the iPad, Apple will run out of consumers to sell them to. The iPad will never attract consumers any more than the Windows tablet did over the years. The iPad will be Steve Jobs biggest failure before he’s thrown out of Apple for good.

  2. Very good use of the iPad. More and more people, businesses, sports, entertainment, services and news media are discovering how empowering the iPad is for them.

  3. Interesting article. I read elsewhere that the NFL teams are equipping each of their players with iPads in place of the bulky playbooks. Using iPads, players and coaches can view plays more easily dynamically, view video footage, stats and other critical information. If lost, an iPad can be wiped with the push of a button.

    It’s no surprise that Joe Maddon would embrace the iPad so quickly. He was one of the first coaches in the past decade to embrace using the Mac to pour through stats for hitter-pitcher matchups another tactical information.

    If you haven’t ready read Moneyball by Peter Lewis, I recommend it. It might seem almost quaint now, but but the Oakland A’s embrace of sabremetrics helped to turn a small market team with castoff players into a playoff contender.

    It will be fun to see how the iPad penetrates baseball, usually the most tradition-bound of sports, as well as other sports, such as Formula One racing.

    Very cool!

  4. I have an app on my iPhone called SwingReader. You video a player taking batting practice, and then you can use it to analyze your swing and see where you’re making mistakes or doing well. I haven’t used it much, but to have that technology on your phone and so easy and inexpensive to use is simply amazing.

    People think there will never be another .400 hitter in baseball again. With the iPad and tools like SwingReader and others, I think we’ll see one sooner rather than later, probably within the next decade.

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